The Jussie Smollett case is emblematic of a pathology of American media, which is that it focuses on villains (particularly politicized ones) rather than victims. Hate crime assaults and murders are rare, ordinary assaults and murders are common.
To Honor Murder Victims, Stop Fixating on the Race of Their Killers |
Also new on , here's of , well known as a writer for and — about how we hurt the public discourse when we focus on the tribal dynamics of violent crime
My sense is that this is because hatred of the perceived perpetrator outweighs sympathy for the victims. The attention it gets is based not on the identity of the victims but the identity of the perpetrator and how it builds political narratives
To Honor Murder Victims, Stop Fixating on the Race of Their Killers